Catch Notes Review

Catch Notes Review

Sep 15, 2011

Information is constantly flowing all around us, and while many of us don’t always carry a pen and paper, most of us carry a phone everywhere. Equipped with cameras, keyboards and microphones, smart phones are the perfect devices for recording all those bits of important information. But to really take advantage of your phone’s note-taking capabilities, you need an app like Catch Notes.

To the best of my knowledge, there isn’t exactly a shortage of note-taking apps for Android — I’ve somehow managed to accumulate nearly half a dozen of them. Each one works very well, but each one does something just a little better than the others. In the case of Catch Notes, its light footprint allows it to load very quickly, eliminating much of the load time associated with other apps. From there, you can quickly record vital information while it’s still fresh, before you forget precious details. When time is of the essence, you don’t want to be messing around with organizing and categorizing your thoughts before you can get them down on the screen; Catch Notes is ready to go with a blank page in seconds.

Another great thing about Catch Notes is the use of hashtags to organize and filter notes. Just place a hashmark (#) in front of a word anywhere in your note and it becomes a tag accessible from outside the note. It’s much simpler than the system other apps use.

Like other note apps, Catch Notes features uploading to “the cloud.” The web interface at Catch.com allows you to edit, organize and export notes quickly and easily. With a free account, you get 70MBs/month while a pro account at $5/month, or $45/year, gets you 1GB/month plus PDF and productivity doc support with more features on the horizon.

One problem I had with Catch Notes was when attempting to take a photo note. When you want to take a photo note, the app loads the camera, but doesn’t bring you back into Catch Notes once the photo has been shot. Furthermore, it doesn’t seem to append the photo to the note very reliably. I saw a small, black square on the note, but no photo. I had to manually attach the photo to the note to get it to work correctly. At last, it synced with Catch Notes’ servers and uploaded my picture where I could privately view it online.

The interface is very attractive and easy to navigate. Interacting with your notes, editing and organizing them is a snap. However, some buttons, such as the “Export to external storage” buttons, could have used a more descriptive icon. If you’re used to seeing such icons, you’ll immediately know what they’re for. New users might be more easily confused, however.

It’s important to remember that Catch Notes, as it is currently, isn’t meant to be where you stuff all types of web-related, multimedia content or rich-text based information. It’s just a great way of keeping on top of daily reminders without a lot of extra hassle.

Catch Notes Review Rundown

7
User Interface - Attractive, easy to use interface. Not a lot of clutter, and it's easy to distinguish between notes. Clear up some of the more confusing icons and buttons, however, and it could be even better.
10
Functionality - Plenty of features and functionality, the app promises a quick way to take notes and offers quite a few ways to do so.
6
Performance - Loads very quickly and doesn't hold you up when you need to enter something without delay. You can be in and writing down that important bit of information in just a few seconds. Uploads and syncing are also quick. However, the photo note feature could use some tweaking. The photo needed to be attached to a note manually, which makes it a lot less quick and convenient.
10
Usefulness - I have no doubt that you will find Catch extremely useful if you need a quick, convenient note taking app. This is the kind of app no phone should be without.
8
Overall - A great note-taking app that loads quickly and allows you to move on with your life instead of dwelling on which notebook the note should go in, which tags to use and other settings that can get in the way. Technical problems aside, it's a fantastic utility.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Dale Culp
Dale Culp has been writing about video games in print and on the web for the better part of the last 10 years. From the Atari 2600 to the Xbox 360 and beyond, he's covered just about everything. You'll find his work in places such as TheWeekender.com, GoLackawanna.com, Gamesylvania.com, EscapistMagazine.com and even IGN.com
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